How to Fix a Shower With Flooded Water

Owen E. Richason IV

Shower drains, like any other plumbing drain, can become clogged with time. Hair and grime form on the drain wall, restricting the flow of water coming through the drain. Eventually the clog becomes large enough to stop up the drain and water stands in the floor of the shower until it slowly drips and recedes.

This messy situation can be fixed by any homeowner.

  1. Bail the standing water out of the bottom of the shower stall with a large plastic cup and bucket. Pour the water outside once bailed.

  2. Put on a pair of gloves. Remove the retaining screw in the drain grate with a screwdriver. Put it in your pocket or somewhere it cannot roll away.

  3. Pull the drain grate out of the recess. Hair and grime likely will be tangled on the drain grate. Pick out more hair clumps that are stuck at the top of the drain hole using needle nosed pliers.

  4. Straighten a wire coat hanger, leaving the hook intact. Wrap some cardboard around the hanger, near the hook. Cut excess cardboard with scissors and secure to the hanger with two-sided tape. Wrap more double-sided tape around the cardboard until it is just smaller in diameter than the drain hole.

  5. Feed the wire hanger, hook down into the drain hole. Twist and turn the hanger to get more hair and other debris to stick to the tape. Pull it out slowly and discard the hanger and tape.

  6. Boil water in a cooking pot. Put on oven mitts and pour down the drain hole. This will dislodge any hair or debris that did not catch on the tape.

  7. Feed a plumber's auger into the drain hole to push free any blockage that may be deeper inside the drain line. Retract the auger and pour liquid plumbing cleaner down the drain. Allow to work as long as recommended by the manufacturer.

  8. Replace the drain grate and fasten the retaining screw to hold the grate in place.

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